With great confidence and excitement we are pleased to announce that Matthew McConnell has joined Gareth Atkins and Ben Coull as the third director of Synectic Accountants & Advisers.
In this newsletter we want to make sure employers are ready for Single Touch Payroll (STP) and that small businesses are ready for EOFY. We discuss some great tax planning opportunities for primary producers and outline developments in personal superannuation. Plus, check out what #teamsynectic have been up to lately.
See our review of the Federal Budget – the issues that matter most to you, your business and the Tasmanian economy:
Today we have an important reminder to record your odometer readings for company vehiclesthis Saturday (31st March).
We also want to talk to you about Labor’s proposed changes to the dividend imputation system, because we know that, if put into place, they will impact on many of our clients.
We’re proud to be finalists in the Launceston Chamber of Commerce 2017 Business Excellence Awards, Professional Services category.
A big “thank you” to all our staff and clients who continue to embrace our culture of innovation, best practices and meaningful advice.
We are thrilled to welcome another highly skilled adviser to our team!
Matthew McConnell joins us as a Senior Financial Adviser. Based in our Devonport office, he will provide financial planning services to our clients throughout Tasmania.
“I am looking forward to helping Synectic’s clients identify and achieve their personal, family and business goals. It’s important to me that I provide clients with information to clearly understand their options. Synectic provides a great match for this service philosophy”.
The 2017-18 Federal Budget delivers an overall optimistic economic and fiscal outlook for Australia. After a 2016-17 budget deficit of $37.6bn, the deficit for 2017-18 is forecast to be down to $29.4 billion. Following that comes a projected surplus in 2020-21 of $7.4bn.
The Budget also anticipates an economic rebound, with growth at 3.0% from 2018-19. Forecast tax receipts for 2017-18 have been revised up by $6.4bn over the forward estimates to 2019-20 due to a range of new policy measures announced in the budget.
Despite no major new superannuation measures in the 2017-18 Federal Budget, the Government continues to tinker with Superannuation rules. In particular, the introduction of the $300K additional non-concessional contribution for older downsizers creates an exception to the recently-introduced Total Superannuation Balance $1.6m cap, and the concessions for first home-buyers to use super to save for a deposit sends mixed messages about the purpose of superannuation.
Small and medium businesses were the big winners of last year’s budget. It is therefore no surprise that the 2017-18 Federal Budget announcements have been less stimulating. However, there are still tax and business planning opportunities coming out of the Budget which we look forward to assisting our clients with.
Housing affordability has been one of the major components of this year’s Federal Budget, which featured a comprehensive package of tax and superannuation measures aimed at increasing housing availability and improving affordability. The government has also reigned in tax breaks enjoyed by many residential property investors in the hope of providing Australians with confidence that tax concessions are correctly targeted. These measures will be complemented by a number of supply-side initiatives including the release of Commonwealth land and housing supply targets.